“Turkey Dressing” Contest Sweeps Dallas, Welcomes National Participation

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How-to videos, blog posts, and digital media fun bring new element to annual Turkey Trot preparation.

Tommy the Turkey and Friends

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter users, bloggers, and anyone else with access to a computer are urged to take part is the record-setting fun by submitting any digital content to be considered for prizes.

Any Dallas native is familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, where nearly 40,000 people gather every year to run, walk, and gobble down the city’s streets on Thanksgiving morning. What they may not be familiar with however, is the new digital spin on this year’s race. While entrants will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as turkeys, the event planners (including wild child mascot, Tommy the Turkey) have formed an online contest to intensify the fun.

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter users, bloggers, and anyone else with access to a computer are urged to take part is the record-setting fun by submitting any digital content to be considered for prizes. Entries could include video instructions for making the proper “Turkey dressing” (costumes for the record setting race day), or real turkey dressing packed with carbohydrates fit for runners. The YMCA team who is judging the online contest will be looking for Turkey Trot themed singing and dancing, how-to videos, fitness and race preparation tips, stories of Trot family traditions, and anything else relevant.

Prizes will include autographed Texas Rangers paraphernalia, Capital One Bank tool kits, Turkey Trot collectible merchandise, and more! All bloggers who help create excitement for this year’s event by sharing an article about the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot on their blog will receive a long-sleeve Turkey Trot t-shirts.

Send a link to your post, recipe, video, or other media to Tommy the Turkey via Twitter or Facebook to be entered to win. Entries will be shared on the Trot’s Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel.
Entrees will be judged based on creativity, most importantly, Trot enthusiasm, and community feedback (comments, shares, likes, etc.).

For more information on the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot or to volunteer call (214) 954-0500 or to register log on to http://www.thetrot.org

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The trot has been a Dallas tradition for 43 years, and an event of much significance for the YMCA. The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Y's engage 21 million men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information on how you can become involved with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, please visit http://www.ymcadallas.org

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